What 10 minutes of cycling does to your body

What 10 minutes of cycling does to your body

Whilst the body benefits of regular cycling are well known, it's now thought that just short sharp bursts of exercise can be just as good for you.

Here's what just 10 minutes of cycling does to your body.

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1. Burn fat faster

If you do a short quick of fast sprinting in just a small space of time your body will burn more fat and up to double the amount of calories from a regular paced session.

2. Elevate your mood 

Starting your day with a quick bike ride will release the mood enhancing endorphins and give you a boost for the day, even just a quick workout is enough to trigger the body's fight or flight mechanism. 

The brain releases a chemical to protect neurons from the anticipated effects of battle. At the same time, the brain releases endorphins to numb pain and facilitate peak performance, this mix is what gives you that euphoric feeling at the end of a great workout.

3. Alleviate joint pain

Studies have shown that those suffering from joint pain and arthritis will notice a reduction in pain after just 10 minutes of exercise. As it's a low impact activity, cycling is perfect for this.

4. Heart Health

Researchers at Louisiana State University studied a group of overweight women with high cholesterol and blood pressure, and found that after just 6 weeks of exercising for 10 minutes a day, their heart health had improved by 6%.

5. Tone your legs

Even just 10 minutes on the bike a day is enough to tone your thighs and lower legs. Shift the gears up for an even harder workout and you'll notice the changes even sooner. 

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I just got my bike about 2 weeks ago. It's a huffy cruiser that I got mainly because I wanted to drive my car less and figured a bike would be a fun way to get around. I even got a basket and a side bag so I could carry my groceries if I decided to go shopping.

BUT...I haven't really made it past my own block. I'm just not any good at riding it yet. I can ride it okay but I am very wobbly at best and even on flat and level streets, my legs burn so much only after a few minutes and I get so winded that I can't ride any longer than 10 minutes at a time. I'm only in my early 30's but a group of children called me a nerdy old person today!!!! The X games helmet and pink lights had no cool factor to these little punks. That's a whole other story though. Lol

I suppose if I just keep at it 10 minutes at a time every day, I'll get better and be able to make it to the market eventually. Right? I don't really have a question, I suppose I'm just looking for a bit of encouragement because right now I feel like I suck at bike and I should just walk to the store or just get in my damn car like I've always done.

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I'm 60 and joined a club a few months ago and road bike at least once a week. I can do 30 miles and more now reasonably easy but I'm rubbish at hills. I do get up them but so slow. I'm fast on the flat but everyone, even people who are new, just sail past me on hills. Why is this?

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I just started riding at age 51 so it'll take some time but I just got back from a good 10 miles.  I want to make sure I take it slow and don't over do.  Any cycling tips for a newbie would be great.

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